Muslim call to prayer heard on Torbram Rd in Brampton

Brampton Makki Masjid. Video Credit: Urz Heer

Muslims across the world are currently recognizing the month of Ramadan by fasting from dawn to sunset and engaging in prayer and acts of kindness and charity. The call to prayer (Adhan) is an unfamiliar sound to many people and can now be heard daily before the sunset prayer (Maghrib) outside at the Brampton Makki Masjid at 8450 Torbram Rd. Sunset is approximately at 8:17pm at this time of year, and changes about a minute or two each day.

Many mosques in Canada have recently adopted the practice for the Month of Ramadan and for the sunset prayer only. The Ummah Masjid in Halifax recently received approval for the Adhan to be broadcast as an act of unity and solidarity for the victims of the April 18/19 mass shooting in Nova Scotia. Brampton City Council has asked staff to review current bylaws and is expected to report back before the end of Ramadan.

A reflection by a local Bramptonian on how Ramadan was observed in her home city of Istanbul

The Adhan is heard five times a day, everyday, all year and is recited live outside of mosques in many countries for communal worship. In Canada and most western-countries, the Adhan is often only recited indoors. Many Muslims have accepted over time that fighting against community complaints isn’t worth the effort. However, the current COVID-19 crisis appears to be renewing a spirit of acceptance of people and in a greater humanity.

At the end of each day during Ramadan, Muslims break their fast with family and friends and often with very large gatherings. The month culminates with an Eid celebration where devotees often cry for the sacrifices they have endured, the charity they have given and the blessings they hope to have received. This year, with the physical distancing caused by the pandemic, the congregational gatherings will not be happening. The Adhan being broadcast for any and all to hear is a recognition that the human spirit can persist and that we can all get through this crisis together.

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